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Oct 30th 2013
SCORES

BOS - 5 PIT - 2 The first period set the tone of the game as 24 of the games 30 minutes in penalties were handed out. The Bruins then used a three goal second period to open up a 4 -1lead and they cruised to their third consecutive win.

SJS - 0 LAK - 5 Kings G Johnathan Quick (9.0b/9.5b)stopped all 27 shots fired his way for his sixth win and 5 different Kings skaters scored ES goals to rout the 3-10-0 visitors.

TOR - 2 CGY - 3 Flames LW TJ Galiardi (6.5b/7.0b) scored a SH tally and RW Mike Cammelleri (7.5b) got the game winner late in the second period as the Flames overcame two PP goals by the Leafs to up their record to 8 - 4 - 0.

DET - 2 VAN - 4 The shots were more equal (29 - 28 Det) than the final score at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. D Jason Garrison (8.0b) (1G/1A) got First Star honors for his outstanding play tonight. RW David Booth (6.5d) scored his 7th goal of the season making him 2nd on the team one behind teammate RW Alex Burrows.

 

In other NHL news;

STL - The Blues management announced today that D Barrett Jackman will miss the next two to three weeks with a sprained wrist. Beat writers are reporting he injured it in practice an left the ice immediately after it happened.

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Oct 31st 2013
SCORES *** NOTE - I am trying a new format to see if this makes game info better, or if you like the written summaries. I can only fit so much into the jpg. screen so sometimes in OT/shootouts it will be cut off. Feedback is appreciated!!!

ANA - 4 BOS - 2 The back to back games caught up to the Bruins as the fresher legs of the Ducks put the game away in the third period. RW Teemu Selanne (7.5c) scored twice off C Saku Koivu (7.5d) feeds and the Ducks outshot the Bruins 33 - 30 for the game.
BUF - 7 NYR - 1 After losing two of the past three games, the Buffalo Sabres got back on track at the expense of G Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. The Sabres defensive pairing of Tyler Myers(7.5a/8.0a) (0G/3A) and Christian Ehrhoff (8.0c) (0G/0A) were +3 for the game, Drew Stafford scored two goals and Buffalo G Ryan Miller (8.0c) turned aside 30 of 31 shots for his ninth win of the season.
NAS - 5 ARZ - 4 The Arizona Coyotes have now played in 6 straight games where the goal differential was one. Tonight it was an shootout loss to the visiting Predators. After spotting the Predators a four goal lead in the first period the Yotes put the clamps on the Nashville scoring machine and scored three of their own in the second period and one in the third to knot it all at four. OT did not produce a winner, and it took til the beginning of the fifth round when C David Legwand's (7.5b) shot went in over the outstretched glove of G Mike Smith (8.0c) for the game winner.

In other NHL news;
PHI C Adam Hall (6.5c) suffered an Upper Body Injury during practice and had to be helped off the rink by training staff and players. Beat writers are saying it appears to be a rib injury as he hit the boards awkwardly during skating drills and didn't get up for quite a while. A press release confirmed Hall will be going on the I.R. and a roster move will be announced shortly.

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Nov 1 2013 League Leaderboards
NHL Leaders - Chicago's Patrick Kane and Montreal's Max Pacioretty are the early goal leaders with Kane shouldering the load due to an injury to Johnathan Toews. Points leader currently is Kane with C Henrik Sedin two points back and a three-way logjam at 16 pts. Noting the Canuck's D Jason Garrison is getting an early start to the Norris race, leading the pack in scoring and points and definitely not shy in the penalty dept!


In the goalie standings, the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist's bad outing against the Sabres took him out of the top spots but he still is tied for the league lead in wins with Buffalo's Ryan Miller. Carolina's Cam Ward slightly trails the Wild's J. Gustafsson in GAA, and they are tied in save percentage, but it should be noted that Gustafsson is splitting time with J Harding while Ward is the clear #1 in between the Hurricane's pipes.384674d1424486610-dynasty-florida-panthe384675d1424486610-dynasty-florida-panthe384676d1424486610-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Oct Attendance Figures

Found this interesting little tidbit... 79% sold seat capacity for my .500 Panthers. And I'm envious of the Buffalo Sabres attendance... vs. real life - it's just so wrong! wink2.gif384678d1424487648-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Game 13 vs. St Louis Nov 1st
The Panthers have had 4 days to prepare for St. Louis and has the experience of playing them once this season, a close loss and Bonehead wants to motivate the troops with that memory. Coach Stewart and Coach Pauwelyn have exaustively researched the tendencies of the Blues so far and are convinced we need to roll all 4 lines against the Blues who primarily rely on their top two lines. Coach McCabe is rejoined by Coach Tyulin who is surprisingly talkative but clearly is deferential to Coach McCabe's wishes. Coach McCabe is adamant that with the four lines rolling he needs to equalize play among the defense pairings and hopes there is not too much special teams play from the Blues.
As the puck is dropped here is the first period lines

The first period is not horrible but the Blues are flying and the home team looks like their legs are set in cement. The only damage is a Chris Stewart ES goal at the 11:12 mark. There were only two penalties called but both were holding penalties against the Panthers who were trailing the play and not skating hard. Coach Stewart is unusually agitated and Bonehead keeps his comments brief and lets Craig have his say... Most of what was siad cannot be printed in family newspapers and would surely shock his wife, but the message seems to have gotten through to the players!
Bonehead sees no urgent need to change up strategy, but definitely wants more shots generated so "Unleash the Beast" comes early!

The second period has no scoring but the skates are pumping and the shots are flying for the Panthers! The Blues took their first penalty of the game, but the Panthers couldn't cash in on the opportunity. Coach Stewart is pleased with the results and is urging the players to keep it up for twenty more minutes. Bonehead wants more time for the first line to work its magic so he drops the third line to 5 mins. and adds 5 mins to the first two lines to get the equalizer in the third.

The third period is a great disappointment as the Blues tally twice early for a three goal cushion and The frustration comes out in dumb penalties and while the Panthers hit the post and the crossbar on good shots, they just can't get one on the scoreboard... The final is a 3 -0 shutout and some of the fans are booing as the game ends.

The post game conference is somber and not many questions are asked but one brash young sports reporter decides to test Bonehead... " Coach Moore, you didn't visibly change anything in the third period, are you admitting defeat already this early in the season?... Bonehead starts to rise to the bait, then decides to tweak the reporter instead for everyone's enjoyment... " Gee you know, I didn't think of that! You think we should of maybe played harder? Bent the posts to make sure those shots went in? The third period results are what they are son." Bonehead points to the dry erase board behind him "We made adjustments to T.O.I. and a line that hadn't been scored on in the first two periods got lit up twice? OK I'll admit that but unless you have an answer to your own question that you care to share with all of us - next question?" Some of the veteran reporters are snickering but no one offers anything else and the Coach then heads upstairs where the seven and seven is waiting to be poured.384679d1424488689-dynasty-florida-panthe384692d1424489877-dynasty-florida-panthe384693d1424489877-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Nov 1, 2013
SCORES
Trying a new format...
WAS - 5 PHI - 4 The Capitals Mikhail Grabovski (7.5c) finally found the back of the net with just :20 sec left for his first goal of the season to give the visiting Capitals a needed win, D Luke Schenn (7.0a/7.5a) (0G/3A) was +2 on the evening in a otherwise poor performance by the Flyers "D".

NYI - 3 OTT -4 The Senators ran out to a 2 - 0 lead after the first period only to see a furious third period comeback effort from the Islanders fall on a late C Jason Spezza (8.0d) ES goal after tying it up. Sens C Zach Smith (6.5c/7.0c) (2G/1A) had a three point night and First Star honors for his efforts.

COL -0 DAL - 6 Stars coach Lindy Ruff told players before the game to forget October's record and just play "like they know they can". Those words certainly were heard by the locker room! Stars G Dan Ellis (6.5a) turned away all 30 Av's attempts for the shutout and First Star honors.The Stars dominated the shots in the game with 48, and Eric Cole had a natural hat trick in the second period to blow an otherwise close game open. In the post-game press conference the Av's coach pointed out that seven of nine penalties called went the Stars way and two of Cole's goals came on resulting PP's. No word from league officials if the Av's coach will be fined for his veiled comments about the officiating tonight.

CLB - 2 PIT - 1 A close checking evenly played game was enjoyed tonight by fans at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and the outcome was all that they wanted changed. The Blue Jacket's 24 y/o AHL call-up G Jeremy Smith was spectacular in his first NHL game, allowing only one goal on 28 shots and getting third star honors. RW Marian Gaborik's (8.5d) third period score with 4:56 left proved to be the game winner.

DET - 2 CGY - 6 The Flames are proving themselves a real force in the Western Conference as they dismantled and demoralized the Red Wings tonight. The Flames second defensive pairing of Kris Russell (6.5c/7.5c) (0G/1A) and Chris Butler (7.0d) (0G/1A) were each a +3 with a point, and LW Jiri Hudler (8.0b) (2G/0A) scored two ES goals in the third period to help ice the game for the Flames.384748d1424522402-dynasty-florida-panthe384749d1424522771-dynasty-florida-panthe384751d1424523629-dynasty-florida-panthe384755d1424524441-dynasty-florida-panthe384756d1424525227-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Nov 1st 2013 - continued
SCORES - continued
TBY - 2 CAR - 3 LW Nathan Gerbe (6.5b/7.0b) (1G/0A), LW Jiri Tlusty (7.0b/7.5b) (1G/1A), and RW Alexander Semin (8.0b) (1G/0A) was all the goals the Hurricanes could get by Lightning G Ben Bishop (7.5a/8.0) on 42 shots, but G Cam Ward (8.0d) stopped everyone but Steven Stamkos (10.0a/10.5a) (2G/0A) from scoring on 35 shots for his eighth win of the season.

MTL - 3 MIN - 7 The Wild certainly lived up to their moniker tonight at home vs. the Canadiens! Wild D Clayton Stoner (6.5c) (0G/1A) was happy to oblige Montreal's D PK Subban (9.0b) (1G/1A) who tried to spark his team by picking a fight near the end of the first period. Sadly for Subban, like the score the fight went to the Wild. RW Jason Pominville (8.0c) (3G/1A) then answered a Montreal goal making it 3 - 2 by reeling of three consecutive goals over the second and third periods for his hat trick, effectively putting the game out of reach. Canadiens C David Desharnais (7.0d/7.5d) (1G/0A) and Wild C Mikael Grandlund (7.5a/8.0a) (1G/0A) traded garbage time goals to finish out the game and the score.

In other NHL news;
FLA - GM Bonehead Moore receives a unannounced visit from his owner and quickly updates him of team happenings and of potential trade negotiations with the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders. Mr Viner nods and then hands Bonehead a suitably impressive report on the financial numbers and state of the team Bonehead wonders from who and how did the owner get all this information, without him knowing first? The meeting breaks up and Bonehead invites the owner to head down to the ice rink with him to see game practice for tonight's tilt vs. the Capitals.384757d1424525947-dynasty-florida-panthe384762d1424526832-dynasty-florida-panthe384766d1424528212-dynasty-florida-panthe384771d1424528268-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Phone Tag...
FLA - Bonehead has Coach Pauwelyn and Coach Ramsay in the "War Room" as the Panthers just made an offer to the Islanders for D Calvin DeHaan (6.5b/7.0b) and LW Anders Lee (6.0c/7.0c) in a deal for D M. Gilroy (6.0a) and C Drew Shore (6.0a/7.0a). Bonehead and Coach Pauwelyn think it will be rejected but negotiations are possible.

In the other trade expedition Bonehead was working the phones with the Sharks GM Doug Wilson, who is in dire straits but is nevertheless known as a shrewd negotiator. GM Wilson told Bonehead to put together a reasonable offer and send it to him - youth is preferred and everyone on the Sharks is available for the right price. Bonehead is emboldened by the owners talk today that the budget can handle some additional load and he welcomes trades as long as we are not giving up prized prospects or draft picks. Bonehead offers G Tim Thomas to bolster the Sharks beleaguered goaltending woes, committing the Panthers to G Markstrom as the future, and D Dimitri Kulikov (6.5a/7.5a) who already is asking for $5M+ for a contract, In exchange Bonehead asked for "The Big T" 34 y/o C Joe Thornton (8.0b), LW John McCarthy (6.5d) a defensive minded forward and minor league G T. Grosenick (5.5d/6.0d).

Both Coaches think The Sharks will turn down the offer but again it will probably be open to negotiation... Standing by while the coaches start filing in for tonight's pregame tactics meeting.

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Game 14 at Washington Nov 2nd
Bonehead, Coach Ramsay, Coach Pauwelyn, feel they have gameplanned as well as they can and wait for the defensive coaches to appear from practice to add input to the gameplan. Coach McCabe says keeping the defense constant is a priority with him so players develop a rhythm and confidence. Coach Tyulin disagrees that its necessary, but still defers to Coach McCabe.
Coach Ramsay sets up the dry erase board and announces the changes in tonight's lineup 3rd Line RW Butler will sit to give LW/RW Joey Crabb a start in the NHL and Crabbs better defensive numbers will probably help. Additionally the 4rd line will get 10 mins per period and the additional 5 mins will go to the 4th line to help cover the top 6 forwards of the Capitals... Coach McCabe announces D Matt Gilroy will play tonight instead of D Robak to give Robak a rest and keep Gilroy's head in the game.

The first period begins and after the first three minutes, the coaches moves look like pure genius... but after one period is played were tied at two and the shot advantage is 13 - 6 Washington. Bonehead is unhappy with Gudbransons stupid check to the back of Ovechkins head and the Panthers will start the second period with a major penalty and 4:58 to kill off the clock.

The Panthers start the second period successfully killing off the major and its the first line on the ice when the go ahead goal is scored by the Capitals. The Panthers PK players are gassed, and Bonehead and Coach Ramsay are trying to shuffle the lines to keep the oppositions top six from mismatching our lines and getting the PK rested. Fortunately only one more penalty is called and the Panthers escape the funhouse while Washington racks up 20 shots on goal in the period for a 33 - 18 total!

This team surprises Bonehead as even as they file in, they are talking about how lucky the Capitals are that the Panthers aren't scoring... Bonehead stresses the shot totals are going to catch up to the Panthers an they need to be more disciplined in their own zone with the puck.

The third period begins and Gudbranson is whistled again for boarding this time, and Bonehead glares down at Coach McCabe who nods back at him. Finally a break! the Capitals are called for tripping and the one goal lead can be neutralized by a PP goal... But a turnover by Capt Campbell sends a two on one SH attempt and C Eric Fehr buries it behind Markstrom for a two goal lead... An Absurd 4 seconds later the PP clicks and D Tom Gilbert cranks a slaphot that G Neuvirth never saw restores the one goal deficit and just as it seems the Panthers are getting untracked and generating some shots, D Gudbranson gets caught blatantly hooking a Capital player and back to the sin bin for his fourth trip... Fortunately the PK does its job again leaving the Capitals stumped with an 0 - 6 night on the PP. The score stays the same until the final buzzer and the shot totals are an embarrassing 48 - 23.

The Panthers doubled up Washington on takeaways (8-4) and halved the giveaways (7-14) compared to the opponents, probably salvaging the score tonight. The fourth line played exceptionally well and logged over 22 minutes each with Goc and Kopecky having over 7:00 of PK time alone! The first line (-2 +/-) were only on the ice for approx 9:00 mins and the first defensive pairing (-3+/-) was credited with a PP goal but made too many defensive mistakes tonight.

The post game press conference is short as Bonehead takes charge and admits faults and notes the positives (opposition's top six only accounted for 2 goals, 6 - 6 on PK results - again) Bone head promises a more complete analysis of the game and will hold a press conference tomorrow outlining some changes he's making to the team. The team charter is waiting at the airport and for once Bonehead thinks its taking forever to get all the equipment loaded and he tells the players to stop fooling around and be ready for the bus to leave or find their own way home... angry.gif384883d1424567198-dynasty-florida-panthe384884d1424567398-dynasty-florida-panthe384885d1424567398-dynasty-florida-panthe384886d1424567398-dynasty-florida-panthe384887d1424567410-dynasty-florida-panthe

 

How's Ryan Huska.. he any good?

 I gotta say I dont know - I looked him up after not finding him in any of the available positions of player or coach or scout... IRL he is now head coach of Adirondack (?) team, but when I look up the Flyers and then the farm team I'm only allowed to see the parent club coaches and staff.  So he IS employed but if anybody knows how to work around my ignorance - I'm open for suggestions...

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AARRGGHH!!! I knew I was too tired to do this all tonight...

anyway I accidently added this to the last post when it clearly belongs on its own...
 

Chris, on 22 Feb 2015 - 10:47 PM, said:

How's Ryan Huska.. he any good?

 I gotta say I dont know - I looked him up after not finding him in any of the available positions of player or coach or scout... IRL he is now head coach of Adirondack (?)farm team, but when I look up the Flyers and then the farm team I'm only allowed to see the parent club coaches and staff.  So he IS employed but if anybody knows how to work around my ignorance - I'm open for suggestions...

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Nov 2nd 2013
SCORES
CHI - 7 WPG - 2 The Blackhawks notched their eighth straight win and the hapless Jets were simply no match for them tonight. The Chicago top line dominated, all three forwards had two goals apiece and LW Patrick Sharp (8.5a) added three helpers for the 5 point night and First Star honors.
STL - 2 TBY - 4 The favored Blues were upended in the third period when Tampa C Steven Stamkos (1G/1A) (10.0a/10.5a) and RW Martin St Louis (1G/1A) (8.5a) each scored ES goals to break open a deadlocked game.
CAR - 4 NYR - 3 The second line of the Hurricanes dominated the Rangers scoring 3 of the 4 goals in the contest including C Jordan Staal's (1G/1A) (8.0b) GWG early in the third period. Rangers C Brad Richards (2G/0A) (8.0b)played a fine game in the losing effort.
TOR - 5 VAN - 3 The Maple Leafs used a three goal first period to lead the Canucks and never looked back as they maintained at least a two goal cushion for the rest of the game. Tor RW Trevor Smith (2G/0A) (6.5c) was First Star although hometown favorite RW Alex Burrows (3G/0A) (7.5d) put up a hat trick to account for all the Canucks scoring on the night.385876d1424921396-dynasty-florida-panthe385877d1424921396-dynasty-florida-panthe385878d1424921396-dynasty-florida-panthe385879d1424921411-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Nov 2nd 2013 - continued
SCORES - continued
ARZ - 3 SJS - 5 The San Jose franchise has now won two of the past three games after dropping their last five in a row. RW Tommy Wingels (3G/1A) (7.0c/7.5c) had a natural hat trick in the third period and C Logan Couture (2G/2A) (8.0d/8.5d) also had a 4 point night to lead the Sharks, who scored four times in the third period after falling behind early in the third 2 - 1.
NAS - 3 LAK - 1 The Predators Pekka Rinne (3W/5L 3.02GAA .904Sv)(8.5c/9.0c) turned away 28 shots and was widely acknowledged to be the big difference as Nashville shut down the Kings vaunted offensive machine. Pred's D Kevin Kline (1G/1A) (7.0d) got the GWG in the first period and the Predator's 6'5" goalie did the rest.
PHI - 3 NJD - 1 The Flyers used a pair of goals from RW Jakub Voracek (2G/1a) (8.0b) and the solid goaltending of backup Ray Emery (3W/1L 2.20GAA .927Sv) (6.5b) in the victory over the Devils
MON - 5 COL -4 The Canadiens may have some "D" work to do on the PP, after 2 SH Avalanche goals, however after storming to a 4 - 1 lead in the first period on RW Brendan Gallagher (2G/2A) (7.5b/8.0b) and LW Max Pacioretty (2G/0A) (8.0c) PP goals its not the PP offense that's sputtering.385881d1424923278-dynasty-florida-panthe385882d1424923278-dynasty-florida-panthe385883d1424923278-dynasty-florida-panthe385884d1424923296-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Nov 2nd 2013 - continued

SCORES - continued
ANA - 4 BUF -0 The Anaheim Ducks had a plan and did they ever execute it on the Sabres ice tonight! RW Andrew Cogliano (3G/0A) (7.5d) and RW Teemu Selanne 1G/0A) (7.5c) provided all the scoring and Ducks G Jonas Hiller (7W/4L 2.34 GAA .918 Sv) (8.0c) shut the door on only 21 Buffalo shots. Sabres coach Ron Rolston offered no excuses in the post game press conference. "We got our butts handed to us and need to go back to what won us eleven games, and stop this skating in circles nonsense" he said before leaving the podium quickly.
BOS - 3 NYI -1 The Bruins are the latest team to skate into Nassau Co. Veterans Coliseum and manhandle the home team there. The Isles, who have now lost three straight by a combined score of 13 - 7, weren't afraid to mix it up with the visitors to the tune of two fights, a 10 min misconduct penalty, and several fouls of the minor variety for a total of 42 minutes in penalties for both teams. The ageless RW Shawn Thornton (1G/0A) (6.5a) just missed a Gordie Howe hat trick by not getting an assist in the game, but got the Third Star of the game for his performance.
PIT - 2 CLB - 7 "Blowout from start to finish" was the post game comment from Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma after the Blue Jackets used a three goal first period to dominate the Penguins and the game by a 47 - 26 shot margin. C Brandon Dubinsky (2G/3A) (7.5d) got his first two goals on the season and a +4 +/- on the evening. The Blue Jackets Matt Calvert (2G/2A) (6.5c/7.0c) also was +4 +/- and was selected as the Second Star for his efforts.
DET - 3 EDM - 5 The Oilers slowly took control of the contest in the second and third periods and Detroit never stood a chance of getting back in it in the third as the shot totals kept piling up for the Oilers for a 39 - 31 advantage. RW Nail Yakupov (2G/0A) (7.0b/8.0b) got First Star for his efforts and Gustav Nyqvist (2G/0A) (7.5b/8.0b) scored twice in a fine performance for Detroit.

In other NHL news;
DET - C Pavel Datsyuk (9.5c) left the morning skate with what one observer stated was almost certainly a hammy issue (hamstring). He was able to skate to the bench but then had to be assisted from the bench area to the dressing room. There has been no announcement from the team about the injury, but experts say this type of injury is usually a multi week recovery.
NYI - Promising youngster RW Ryan Strome (6.5d/8.0d) has been sidelined with a shoulder injury according to the Islanders post game press conference. There are no plans to place Ryan on I.R. at this point per the coach.385888d1424925779-dynasty-florida-panthe385889d1424925779-dynasty-florida-panthe385890d1424925779-dynasty-florida-panthe385891d1424925792-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Nov 3rd 2013
SCORES
DAL - 3 OTT - 4 30 y/o Senator backup goalie Nathan Lawson (6.0c) made his first NHL appearance since the 2010/2011 season with the NY Islanders and his teammates pulled out the victory for him on a late 3rd period goal from C Kyle Turris (2G/1A) (8.0c).
CGY - 5 CHI - 4 The Blackhawks flew back from Winnipeg this morning for the home game against the upstart Calgary Flames, and the Flames prevailed, scoring late in the third period on a SH goal by Matt Stajan (2G/0A) (6.5d) stunning the raucous crowd at the United Center. The Blackhawks last loss was back on Oct 17th against the rival Blues.
NJD -2 MIN - 4 Ageless G Marty Brodeur (8.0c) turned away 37 of 41 shots, but it was not enough as three Wild goals in the first period would be enough to defeat the tired Devils. Wild C Mikko Koivu (2G/0A) (8.0d) had both a PP and a SH goal to pace the winning squad.



In other NHL news;
WPG - G Ondrej Pavelec (7.0d/7.5d) suffered an undisclosed "Upper Body Injury" and will miss a couple games per the Jets press release. One beat writer wrote that "Pavelec certainly got hurt from whiplash and sunburn as the red light kept going off behind him all night." The Jets angrily denounced the report and called for an apology from the paper.
FLA - The first trade reply came into the "War Room" shortly after 9 am, as expected the Islanders turned down the trade offer, but what was surprising was the Islander's GM Garth Snow made no counter offer instead citing salary as the reason for not taking on the trade... Just to tweak him Bonehead sends back a counteroffer for C Franz Nielsen and his $2.5M salary in the trade. No word on the offer from San Jose yet and Bonehead turns his thoughts to new possibilities in the trade arena.385892d1424928588-dynasty-florida-panthe385893d1424928588-dynasty-florida-panthe385894d1424928588-dynasty-florida-panthe385895d1424929427-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Monday Nov 4th 2013
FLA - Bonehead made the call to the owner and surprisingly Mr Viner was ready and waiting for it. This time the discussion went much better and the short story is the owner wants approximately $10M left in cap space, and he wants the offense improved. He has some reservations about the defensive scheme, since Bonehead advocated 8 shots per period and we are HUGELY above that number right now.

Bonehead gets it and promises results that will be evident by the months end. and the call is terminated. Jo is waiting by the office door and she obviously was listening in, which Bonehead doesn't mind but clues him in how the owner might be getting his information.

Coach Pauwelyn calls up from the practice area to see if I'm ready for the stats reports. I tell him to cut the morning practice short and bring the coaches up to the "War Room" and we will go over the updates.386115d1424992199-dynasty-florida-panthe386116d1424992199-dynasty-florida-panthe386117d1424992199-dynasty-florida-panthe386118d1424992207-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Apologies for being sick this past week - nasty bug has come back twice and I just cant completely get rid of it. Yes my Dr. has seen me and given me my drugs, and obviously I'm back in the saddle again. Let's see how the Panthers are doing now...

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Trade rumors
The Boston Bruins staff keep contacting us about a trade, they apparently are still shopping LW Loui Eriksson (7.5a) and LW Daniel Paille (6.5b). After a quick conference call with the coaches, Bonehead combines the past offers into one package. LW Sean Bergenheim (6.5a), youngster C Drew Shore (6.0a/7.0a), D Matt Gilroy (6.0a) and unsigned prospect 22 y/o C Iiro Pakarinen (6.5e/7.0e) for the two Bruin LW's. The consensus does not expect GM Chiarulli to accept this deal either, but such is the NHL business as Bonehead is learning.

Just to make the phone lines burn up and create some waves, Bonehead makes an unsolicited offer to Toronto GM Dave Nonis to take the horrible contract of RW David Clarkson (6.5b), C Dave Bolland (7.5c) and just to make it totally unworkable he added in RW Phil Kessel (8.5c). The rumor mill has the Leafs looking for LD help so D Dimitry Kulikov (6.5a/7.5a) along with C Drew Shore (6.0a/7.0a) and D Matt Gilroy (6.0a) is the Maple leafs haul. Again there is a slight but very remote chance that Nonis will dump the salary, but at the cost of his offensive star?

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Nov 4th 2013

SCORES
ANA - 3 NYR - 2 A pretty even game was won in the third period after the Rangers clawed their way back from a 2 - 0 deficit, only to see C Ryan Getzlaf (1G/1A) (9.0c) score with 40 seconds left in regulation to deny the Rangers at home.

DET - 2 WPG - 5 The Jets overwhelmed the Red Wings at home with C Bryan Little (2G/1A) (8.0c) and C Olli Jokinen (2G/0A) (7.5c) each scoring twice and D Zach Bogosian (1G/1A) (7.5c/8.0c) providing the final nail in the coffin.387375d1425526630-dynasty-florida-panthe387376d1425526630-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Game fifteen - Nov 5th vs Edmonton Oilers
FLA- "The high flying Oilers are in town for tonight's contest against the struggling Panthers" is how "Doc" Emrick began the pregame lead in show. Bonehead is watching it although he knows he should quit before he gets interested...
The coaches have the Panthers prepped and ready for the game, leaving him just a few moments before they hit the ice. "Gent's" Bonehead begins, "three games ago we beat the best team in the NHL and we did it convincingly". This opponent was just called high-flying by the pre-game announcers while we were described as struggling and I'm damned if I'm standing around while they hand the game to them before the puck is dropped, ARE YOU HEARING ME???" The team roars YES!!! "Play Hard, Play Smart, and Play to win! Now lets go!!! The team has a noticeable jump in their skates as they hit the ice and Bonehead and Coach Ramsay nod at each other as they take their positions behind the bench.

The first period starts out with an early goal by LW Thomas Fleischmann (2G/0A) (7.0a) at the 17:30 mark. The rest of the period is pretty even until the last 6 minutes when the Oilers suddenly start shooting pucks at the Panthers goal like 3 for $1 at the County fair... But Tim Thomas (7-5-2 2.17GAA .927 Sv) is rock solid and keeps the lead intact going into the second period. The 1st period shot totals are 14 - 7 and a cause of concern for Bonehead and the staff. No changes are planned for the second period.

This second period is exciting if your a Panthers fan as the team opens up a three to nothing lead on the visitors, and the shot totals are more modest at 9 - 8 Oilers. Bonehead and Coach Pauwelyn are discussing what he is seeing from the press box and Coach Ramsay advises he thinks we should be very defensive for the third period. Bonehead agrees and the tactics are changed to V Def for the bottom two lines and they are given 20 mins skating time over the first two lines who are given 10 mins. The Defense is unchanged as per Coach McCabe.

The tactics are mostly successful as the Oilers don't score and the Panthers tack on a fourth goal to seal the deal. The Oilers manage a 11 - 7 shots advantage in the third period and dominate the game in that category 34 - 22, but the game is a solid win for the Panthers over a quality opponent on a nationally televised network game and sets the team back on track after a rough three game losing streak.

The brash young reporter that tried baiting Bonehead earlier this season is tonight making the three stars of the game choices and Coach Pauwelyn has a beef with him outside the locker room that isn't discovered until later. Coach Pauwelyn felt that Jonathan Huberdeau had a statictically better game than either D Gudbranson or LW Winchester and wanted to know the reporters reasonings for not picking him over the others. It apparently started a scuffle and was quickly broken up by security staff and Coach Pauwelyn was escorted upstairs to the "War Room" by the time Bonehead found out about it. Bonehead vows to talk to the beat reporter and find out what his beef with the organization is before it gets out of hand.388138d1425952323-dynasty-florida-panthe388139d1425952323-dynasty-florida-panthe388140d1425952323-dynasty-florida-panthe

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Trade Offer - Replies
The phone messages have been piling up while Bonehead and the coaching staff have been quietly reviewing game film. The 4 - 0 win was a relief, but there were so many Panther weaknesses that could have been exploited.

The SOG were way too many, although Bonehead has to admit the shots were kept above and outside the circles mostly and the crease was kept fairly clear for G Tim Thomas to see the shots. The Panthers offensive transition game was disrupted by the Oilers speedy forwards forecheck, however the Panthers made the most of their 22 shot attempts once in the offensive zone.

Finally Bonehead calls it a night and heads upstairs as the coaches gather their gear and head out. Jo is surprisingly still in her office and has left a file folder open on Bonehead's desk with a lot of yellow message notes all over it. Jo asks if he wants to read them or just a get summary... He smiles at her and asks gratefully for the summary. Jo begins "Your Maple Leafs offer was turned down but GM Nonis says unoffically just offer him a little more", "The offer to the Sharks was also turned down but no commentary from the GM to a lowly employee like me" she adds grinning. Bonehead' first thought is screw San Jose if I can get Toronto to trade with me. Jo lastly picks up the scouting report on D Ian White and wrinkles her nose at it. "KHL?", "not physical? Didn't the scout tell you White was as physical as Robak???" Bonehead is momentarily lost as he then remembers Ryan Stewart's comments before he left on his scouting trip... How did she know what was said in here?

Bonehead figures he's just tired and needs some sleep, so he closes the file and tells Jo to pack it in and he would see her tomorrow morning... With that he leaves the liquor bottles alone and escorts the pretty young lady out of the stadium offices and to her car. then jumps into his Land Rover and heads to his apartment.388272d1426035526-dynasty-florida-panthe388273d1426035526-dynasty-florida-panthe388274d1426035526-dynasty-florida-panthe388275d1426035533-dynasty-florida-panthe

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